Day 8 – A book that everyone loved but you hated
This one is probably going to get me some backlash. I always get such strange looks when I tell people how much I dislike this particular series considering the hype and fan base that surrounds it. As a reader of fantasy and fiction, it is just expected that I’d love the series. It’s so very rare that you find someone that shares the same feelings as I do.
So without further preamble, the book(s) that everyone loved but I hated is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
I know. I’m the worst person.
But honestly, the basic structure of the books is so monotonous that I’d rather chew pins than suffer through it for 7 books.
Don’t get me wrong, the story is a good story. I enjoyed the plot for the most part but struggled immensely with the writing, especially the repartition. If it had been executed by a different (more talented) author then maybe my opinion would be different. The grounding for an amazing series is there, for sure, and I wish I could love it as if stands but I just can’t. There are just too many issues to overlook.
As far as characters go, it’s a bit of a grey area for me. I hate Harry and Ron has about as much character development as a wooden board. Ron and Hermione should NOT have ended up together because Ron is… Well, Ron and Hermione is the Gryffindor princess and deserves much better than that. There are some characters that I did like, do like, such as Remus and Sirius, Hermione, Arthur Weasley, and Snape.
It covers some sensitive but important topics, such as love, power and grief as well as topics like discrimination and class. And that is a big deal especially for a series that is aimed at children (although how you can coin these children’s books after about book four is beyond me).
Maybe my feelings are different because I never grew up with Harry Potter. By that I mean I never grew up reading it and didn’t actually read the whole series until I was about 18 and by that point, I was my accustomed to better writing. It’s a good story, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think J. K. Rowling is a good author and I don’t think she’s a very good person at all.
An author doesn’t usually allow themselves to become their work. I. E. They write a piece of work and they move on while appreciating their achievements. J. K. Rowling, however, is her work. It is all she is, all she will ever be and all she will ever be known for and she dug that grave for herself. She doesn’t know how to let imagination run wild. By that I mean, when a story or series ends that means it ends. It doesn’t mean that you continue to add pointless pieces of information to the story through social media to make you appear more relevant to the times. Leave the story and your readers to imagine what they will and fill in the blanks. Also, learn when to let your series end. Stop milking it for all the franchise you can possibly imagine. Honestly, the woman gets me so worked up. Don’t even get me started on her other work.
There is so much hype around the series and I feel like this has actually gotten worse in recent years with merchandise becoming much more readily available and the release of The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts. But honestly, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a love for the movies rather than the books. I enjoyed the movies. Its the only book series I can say that I enjoyed 100% more than the books. It’s sad though. I’ve met people who the only books they’ve ever read were the Harry Potter books and that is a sad life indeed.
But I hold my ground with this. I’m sure this has ruffled a lot of feathers but it is what it is. It’s definitely not a series I’ll be sharing with my children from a young age, that’s for sure.